RE: Supplemental Budget Fallout
It seems to me that those city leaders whining about the Governor’s proposed cuts (PDF) would be better served attempting genuine contract reform instead of nibbling at the edges, as they have up to this point. In short, isn’t it about time we get rid of the contract step scheme? Set the entry level salary at what it is now and put 3% raises into effect for all people (not job positions) going forward. That allows you to remove contract steps and future contract negotiations would be simplified. But that’s way too simple (if not “easy”).
Meanwhile, Senate President Paiva-Weed is disappointed with the Governor’s plan, saying he “took the easy way out” by calling for cuts, which demonstrated a lack of leadership. Do mean like that exhibited by the General Assembly over the last few months? Like, say, stating that you “cannot rule out” tax cuts? The last thing this General Assembly can claim is that they’ve provided any sort of leadership.